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‘Malling-Merton (MM) 104’ rootstock was significantly more susceptible to black root rot than seedling and “MM 106’ rootstocks. However, ‘MM 111’ was not significantly less susceptible to black root rot than ‘MM 104’ rootstock. Seedling rootstocks were more susceptible to woolly aphid infestations than ‘MM 104’, ‘MM 106’, and ‘MM 111’ rootstocks. Woolly apple aphid incidence was higher on “MM 111’ rootstock than on ‘MM 104’ and ‘MM 106’ rootstocks.

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Own-rooted, 4-year-old kiwifruit plants [Actinidia deliciosa (A. Chev.) C.F. Liang et R. Ferguson var. deliciosa] protected by a Styrofoam insulation wrap with a water-filled pouch (Reese clip-on trunk wrap) or by microsprinkler irrigation sustained less freeze injury than unprotected plants under field conditions at temperatures as low as -17.8C. Trunk splitting occurred on the plants, but no injury was detected on canes, buds, or shoots in the canopy of the plants. Unprotected plants had more trunk splitting and at greater heights than protected plants. New canes developed from suck- ers of cold-injured plants and developed a trellised canopy the following season.

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